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  1. An imperial possession : Britain in the Roman Empire, 54 BC-AD 409

    Mattingly, D. J.
    London ; New York : Allen Lane, 2006.

    The centuries under which Britain was under Roman occupation have always had a contradictory reputation. Generations of British readers were brought up to approve of the Roman Empire as the model for their own empire, but equally it was embarrassingly clear that within the Roman Empire Britain itself was merely an unattractive exploitation colony. David Mattingly's major new book draws on a wealth of new research to recreate brilliantly this colonial Britain: a rebellious, disadvantaged place needing heavy garrisoning and highly vulnerable to political change in Rome. The result puts the whole great story in a new and fascinating light.

  2. Tripolitania

    Mattingly, D. J.
    London : B.T. Batsford, 1995.

    "Lepcis Magna", one of the greatest of the Roman cities of North Africa and one of the most famous archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, was situated in the region of Tripolitania. Birthplace of the Emperor Septimius Severus, the city has yielded many well-preserved monuments from its Roman past. Mattingly presents valuable information on the pre-Roman tribal background, the urban centres, the military frontier and the regional economy. He reinterprets many aspects of the settlement history of this marginal arid zone that was once made prosperous, and considers the wider themes of Romanization, frontier military strategy, and economic links between provinces and sources of elite wealth.

  3. Between Sahara and sea : Africa in the Roman Empire

    Mattingly, D. J.
    Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2023.

    "Between Sahara and the Sea: Africa in the Roman Empire challenges orthodox views of the story of Africa under Roman domination. It presents a new framework for understanding this and other territories incorporated in the Roman Empire. Based on decades of research in North Africa, David Mattingly's book is a cleverly constructed and innovative account of the history and archaeology of ancient North Africa, with a main focus on the first century BCE to the third century CE. He charts a new path toward a bottom-up understanding of North African archaeology, exploring in turn the differing material culture and experiences of the Roman communities of the military and the urban and rural areas. This important book is the most comprehensive in English on Roman North Africa. It is remarkably rich, with up-to-date references and a host of new ideas and perspectives. Well written and illustrated, with a plethora of maps, it will be required reading for anyone interested in the subject. Rather than emphasising the role of external actors, as studies of 'Roman Africa' have traditionally done, Between Sahara and the Sea focuses on local contributions to the making of Africa in the Roman Empire."--front flap.


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